More people report rape cases in Eastern Cape

2012-08-31 10:28

Reported rape cases in the Eastern Cape tripled this year compared with 2009, according to a report.

A total of 4 026 rape cases were opened in ­2009-2010, the Dispatch Online reported today.

The number increased to 8 616 in 2010-2011.

The number has reached 12 451 during the 2011-12 financial year, ending March 2012, said social development superintendent-general Bea Hackula yesterday.

Hackula released the police statistics during the department’s gender-based violence conference at the International Conference Centre in East London.

“There is not necessarily more abuse. (The stats are) an indication that more people have broken their silence.

For so long women and girls suffered in silence and did not report rape.

“But because of awareness campaigns more people now report rape cases, hence the rise in statistics,” she said.

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